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HISTORY

THE BACKWOODS;

OR,

THE REGION OF THE OHIO: ;

AUTHENTIC,

FRO THE EARLIEST ACCOUNTS.

EMBRACING

MANY EVENTS, NOTICES OF PROMINENT PIONEERS,
SKETCHES OF EARLY SETTLEMENTS,

ETC. ETC. ETC.

NOT HERE TOFOR E PUBLISHED.

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DRAKE,

Still to the whiteman's wants there is no end;

He said, 'beyond those hills he would not come.
But to the western seas his hands extend,

Ere yet his promise dies upon luis tongue.
Let them come with the pipe; we will tread it to dust,
And our arrows of war shall ne'er moulder with rust.

Let them come with their hosts; to the desert we'll flee,
And the drought and the famine our helpers shall be.

PIKE.

BY A.W.PATTERSON.

PITTSBURGH:

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR. ,

1843.

THE NE V YORK

PUBLIC LIBRARY
58860

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDIN FOUNDATIONS

1951 L

Entered according to the act of Congress, in the year A. D. 1843, by

A. W. PATTERSON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

A. A. ANDERSON, PRINTER,

Corner of Third & Market streets.

PREFATORY REMARKS.

The history of the West abounds with memorable and thrilling incidents. The early discovery and settlement of the country by the French, and their subsequent struggle to retain an occupancy of it, forms a period of the most interesting character. The warfare with the savages, then ensuing, long, bloody and unremitting, furnishes a series of incidents but little less engrossing

Our endeavor has been to present these events, imbodied and arranged, in the order they occur. The motive to the undertaking has been a desire to supply a vacancy in the general history of the country, which may not have failed to be very generally remarked. Much of our western history, it is known, has never been written, while the published portions, to a great degree, have not been collected. To accomplish these objects, therefore, has been the present attempt. How far we may have succeeded, remains with our readers to determine.

A strict regard to impartiality, and correctness of statement, has been the constant aim. And where quo

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